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Test Drive Sustaintech

Sting Test Drive Sustaintech is a practical training program for people with early-stage ideas or startups in the energy and climate space who are ready to take action.

Application deadline is 21 December (2021).

Over the course of four evening workshops, you and your team will test and develop your idea, receive hands-on support from Sting’s experienced business coaches and take the first steps towards commercialising your innovation.

What do we mean by sustaintech?

If your idea helps the world move towards a more sustainable future, you’re in the right place. “Sustaintech” covers innovations in areas like energy and renewables, climate tech, circular economy, cleantech, green transport, bioeconomy, food and agrotech, and sustainable materials, to name a few.

At Sting, we want to generate more startups that fight climate change so we can move towards a more sustainable future.

What others say about us

    Sting Test Drive helped us understand what starting an innovation company would require from us. It was also our first entry to the start-up community including other companies, advisors and investors.

    Karin Habermann, Co-founder of Harvestmoon

    Sting Test Drive was the trigger that made me decide I want to build a company. I learnt a systematic method for iteratively assessing my business ideas – starting by getting out of the building.

    Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi, CEO and Co-founder of Rebase Energy and Greenlytics

    The coaches guide and help you find the way forward, they don’t tell you what to do. In the end, I’m the one who makes the decisions.


Theory mixed with practice

Sting Test Drive Sustaintech intersperses theory with practice. During the workshops, Sting’s experienced entrepreneurs and sustaintech coaches will work closely with you to help you move forward with your idea. We’ll place a special emphasis on the challenges that sustaintech startups often face.

The workshops focus on startup-critical areas including business models, sales and go-to-market strategies, building your team, financing your startup and pitching.

During the workshops, the focus will be on interaction, feedback and peer-to-peer learning, and working closely with Sting’s business coaches.

Between each workshop, you’ll be given tasks to complete and receive individual support from Sting’s experienced business coaches.

At the grand finale, everyone will pitch their ideas to a jury and  “Best Sustaintech Idea” will be selected.

The details

What: Four hands-on evening workshops. Tasks, preparations and inspirational talks between the workshops.

Where: The workshops and program will be virtual.

Timeline: Application deadline 21 December. Acceptance notification latest 4th January. Mandatory workshops 16.00-19.00 on the 12th and 26th January 2022 and the 9th February, followed by the grand finale on 23rd February.

Who can apply: The program was created for teams with a business idea or startup that’s based on a pioneering sustaintech solution. We like to see mixed-gender teams that consist of 2-3 people. Teams from anywhere in Sweden are welcome to apply.

Cost: Sting test drive is completely free. Your only contribution is your time and a burning commitment.

Admission: 10-15 companies/projects will be accepted for sustaintech test drive.

Secrecy: All participants and organizers sign a confidentiality agreement. No information about the business concept, technology or participant names will be shared outside the program without your consent.

Meet your sustaintech coaches

Sting Test Drive Sustaintech is run by experienced entrepreneurs and business coaches who have helped build and scale many successful sustaintech companies.

Karin Ruiz Sting

Karin Ruiz

Karin coaches sustaintech and deeptech startups.
070-645 78 04

Magnus Rehn

Magnus coaches Sustaintech startups.
070-512 05 48

Jonas Lindqvist

Jonas coaches gaming, sustain- and deeptech companies.
070-350 49 69

Program partners

Sting Test Drive Sustaintech is part of Sustainable Energy Action – a joint initiative between Sting, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, THINGS and Ignite Sweden to speed up the commercialization of new energy and climate-related innovations so you can start making a bigger impact, faster. The initiative is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.